Beyond Youth Blog
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All Change Please

At the age of 18 or even before, I always knew that I wanted to work within the social sector. Volunteering at my local Youth Centre meant that I was able to contribute and give something back. It was a real eye opener. The young people were aged 10 to…

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Stopping the revolving door

As part of my preparation for (hopefully) becoming a magistrate following interviews in March, I have been spending some mornings in court to observe proceedings and get a good feel of what I could expect if I am successful. The variety of cases I have seen so far has been…

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Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating... There are days and occasions when you may ask yourself how your relationship is with other people or even yourself, but have you ever wondered what your relationship with food is like? Why is it that a high number of the population suffer from obesity? What does emotional…

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The Joy of Text… Or is it???

The rise of modern social media has transformed the way people communicate especially young people. Recent surveys show that a whopping 96% of young people own smartphones vs 82% of adults and since 2004, smartphone use has grown and the demand for more voice and data services is greater than…

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Here’s what Chance 2 Change has meant for a recent participant. In 2012, I was given a six year custodial sentence, three years of which I had to serve in prison and the remainder on conditional release. This was the first time I had ever found myself on the wrong…

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